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Brian Smith

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Brian Smith is a Lead Guide at Exum Mountain Guides and an Internationally Certified AMGA/IFMGA American Mountain Guide. He has been climbing for over 25 years, skiing for over 35 years, and guiding at Exum since 2005. Brian resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and has been a ski patroller at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, led rock and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School, is a backcountry ski guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and teaches high altitude expedition climbing and skiing in Peru for the School for International Expedition Training. He also teaches Avalanche Courses for the American Avalanche Institute. In the midst of juggling multiple jobs and raising a daughter, Brian enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, skiing, ice climbing, and traveling.



Brian has climbed and skied extensively in the Western US, Alaska, and the Canadian Rockies, with expeditions to Denali, Mount Hunter, and the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Beyond the Tetons, Brian has guided rock and alpine climbing in the Wind River Wilderness, the Bugaboos, City of Rocks, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, RMNP, Castle Valley, Moab, and Indian Creek. He has also guided ice climbing in the Southfork of the Shoshone, just outside of Cody, Wyoming and in Hyalite Canyon, Montana. Brian has skied off the summit of the Grand Teton three times, one of which he ski guided. Brian has also climbed the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in a day, completed a one-day traverse of the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Wilderness, and climbed the Nose of El Capitan in one day. Brian's greatest accomplishment, however, is being a dad, and he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his daughter Stella, who also loves to climb, ski, kayak, mountain bike, and fish!